Hotels are Pricing More Competitively this Year as the Winter Season
Approaches, Creating Big Savings in Cities Across the Country
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Hotwire.com®, a leading discount travel
site, today announced the results of the November 2012 Hotwire® Canadian
Hotel Rate Report, which features the top five cities in Canada where hotel
rates have dropped the most. When combined with Hotwire's already discounted
prices, the Hotel Rate Report helps guide customers to the destinations that
can maximize their travel dollars.
For the second consecutive month, Moncton leads the savings list with an eight
percent price drop. Hotels here have recently added inventory on sites like
Hotwire creating more price competition that's bringing winter visitors more
options and better savings. The Hub City offers a host of theatrical events,
museums and shopping for travellers seeking an array of experiences. Whether
it's a night at the Atlantic Ballet Theatre, a stop at an ÉCONOMUSÉE for
some pottery spinning or a visit to catch the twice daily Tidal Bore, Moncton
has something for everyone.
Next up, Regina joins the list for the first time in Canadian Rate Report
history, coming in second with a seven percent price drop. Although chilly
this time of year, the capital city of Saskatchewan is home to Wascana Lake, a
popular spot for ice skaters in the winter, as well as the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police Training Academy Grounds.
Whistler is on the list for the fourth consecutive month, moving up one spot
to third place with a six percent drop. This mountain town is late in its
shoulder season and approaching its peak winter months. Yet, hoteliers there
are increasing their online inventory and as such, they're aggressively
pricing to attract travelers. However, the low prices aren't expected to last
once the snow kicks in and winter sport enthusiasts flock to the town, so if
folks are thinking about a visit, they should book soon for savings.
Charlottetown returns to the list for the fifth consecutive month, this time
in fourth with a five percent drop, and Toronto appears for the first time
since May 2012 with a three percent price drop. Canada's largest city didn't
get as much traffic from the U.S. this month due to the big political
elections, and although citywide events may cause prices to rise in late
November, they are expected to drop again come December.
Hotwire is able to find great deals because it works with hotels, airlines and
car rental companies to fill unsold inventory. This means customers can find
incredibly low deals on Hotwire, especially in cities like those on the Hotel
Rate Report where prices are unseasonably low.
When compared to the same time last year, the top five hotel price reductions
for August 2012 include:
|Rank|Hotel Market |Price Drop|Example of a Current|Hotwire Deal,|
| | | | |CAD$/Night |
|1 |Moncton, NB |-8% |3.5-star |$111 |
|2 |Regina, SK |-7% |3-star |$108 |
|3 |Whistler, BC |-6% |4-star |$121 |
|4 |Charlottetown, PEI|-5% |3-star |$107 |
|5 |Toronto, ON |-3% |3.5-star |$96 |
"With hotels across the country bringing more of their inventory to sites like
Hotwire and pricing more competitively, we're seeing new value destinations
emerge like Regina, as well as big discounts in ever-popular destinations like
Whistler," said Pierre-Etienne Chartier, vice president of the Hotwire Group.
"What this means for the traveller is better deals, more options and the
opportunity to take more trips."
About the Hotwire Hotel Rate Report
The Hotwire Hotel Rate Report will run results during the first week of each
month. Results are calculated by looking at Hotwire stay dates for select
regions in the current month, and comparing prices in the current month
against Hotwire prices in the same month in the prior year. Prices are
compared within the same star rating categories for consistency, and the
percent change in price for each region is generated as an overall average of
the changes in those categories. The prices in the chart above are examples
for a particular star rating category within that market, and actual prices
may be higher or lower than the example that is provided.
About Hotwire Hotwire.com is a leading discount travel site with low rates on
airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages.
Launched in 2000, Hotwire, Inc. obtains deep discounts from its travel
suppliers to help travelers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental
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